Unite to end violence against women, children

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The National Institute Community Development and Management (NICDAM) has called on all organisations to join the national #100MenMarch to stop violence against women and children.

The march, which is scheduled for 10 July in Pretoria, is in the spirit of #ThumaMina – the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa that all citizens should take a stand to stop violence against women and children.

The march was announced by government on Tuesday and is expected to draw at least 100 men from various sectors of society, such as government, business, labour, faith-based organisations, non-profit and media organisations to stop the abuse of women and children.

“In marching together with business organisations, civil society groupings and government we are demonstrating a united resolve to fight the scourge of violence against women and children,” NICDAM said.

The march also comes in the wake of the rise of femicide in South Africa, with Statistics South Africa reporting that the murder rate for women increased drastically by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17.

On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence.

NICDAM said this scourge of violence against women and children is a huge threat to the development of the nation.

“The NICDAM calls on all organisations to demonstrate their resolve to ending violence against women and children by joining this important cause.”

The proceedings will commence at Church Square at 10am and end on the southern lawns of the Union Buildings.

Members of the public will be able to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ThumaMina #100MenMarch. - SAnews.gov.za